Well, shit

Yeah, so this will be a post about the hurricane we just had here in the North East.

J left town yesterday afternoon for a few days to play up north, and naturally, as it seems to happen when he is gone, we got a whopping storm.

When I say “storm” I mean, STORM.

You may have seen it on the news and some of you wrote me on facebook to check in because you saw my town on the news.

Around 9 last night, the rain started pounding, the wind started howling and whipping around like three hundred madmen. My condo is on the second and first floor, facing the ocean. Shingles ripped off, about 50 or so, if not more, as did gutters. The windows shook and whistled. The power flickered constantly. The cable went out. My bed shook all night and I cranked the heat up when I went to bed in case the power went out, it would be somewhat warm.

I slept with a flashlight, my cell phone fully charged, and tons of bottled water at hand.

But we got the least of it. Our neighbors had windows blown out. Another had a huge old tree come down. 8000 people are still without power. My friend had a branch crash through her car window. There is flooding and roofs completely ripped off. Cars were completely smashed by huge trees. Sheds overturned. Houses in the water. Flagpoles snapped in half. Signs blown away. Hotel roofs are gone, the aerial views show wide open hotel rooms, open to the sky.

I couldn’t reach my mom, who lives on the other side of the island, so when they called school off this morning, we hopped in the car and made our way to her house. She was there by her wood burning stove, no power or phone, but happy as a clam. She worried most about the groceries she had just bought the day before, and had run out in the early morning to buy some ice.

Unfortunately/fortunately, her icecream was melting still so the girls and I sat there with spoons and ate as much as we could, at 9:00 in the morning.

Yes, we did!

At any rate, everything is fine in our house, aside from part of the roof missing (no gaping holes thankfully). We have heat, power, running water and a stocked fridge.

And I was sitting here, thinking how, still, we live in the most beautiful place.

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Glad to hear you came through OK!

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  2. Posted by intrepideddie on February 27, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love storms, but holy crap… think I would have taken a pass on that one. (Fantastic photos, by the way!)

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  3. Heard about this storm! I was thinking about you. Glad you and the girls are mostly unscathed.
    Cheers x

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  4. amazing. there is really something awesome and incredible about the morning after, isn’t there?

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  5. Thanks for the update. Those pine trees look like the ones I’ve seen when tornadoes blow through with the bigger storms. Pine trees ALWAYS snap off – don’t replant those – ha.
    I’m glad your mom and your house was fine. I’m jealous of the 9:00 ice cream – yum.

    It’s always so peaceful the day after the storm.

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  6. Glad you are safe and well fed! getting a little sick of this earth acting out crap!!!

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  7. Posted by twinzplusone on February 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Thankful you are safe and sound ..lol .. to ice-cream a 9.00am .. happens all the time here – with power – lol .. well the kids wish it would ..

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  8. We got it pretty bad here, too. I just kept thinking, “Thank GOD this isn’t snow.”

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  9. holy crap! glad you guys were able to ride it out with minimal damage.

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  10. From someone who’s been through a couple of natural disasters in the last few years, that is so scary, I’m glad you all are alright.

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  11. paradise has its trade offs.

    Glad you pulled through!

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  12. Holy crap!! I had no idea. I am glad to hear you are all well.
    (Obviously I am a bit out of touch lately – too much going on). Sorry this is a bit late.

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  13. Posted by NoR on March 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Hmm… where are you…

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